Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Ethan Huff
The voice of the people has prevailed over techno tyranny after thousands of angry folks took to social media recently to protest the removal of Jihad Watch from the PayPal transaction platform. Just days after Jihad Watch was barred “permanently” from PayPal for reasons not stated, PayPal decided to reverse this “irreversible” decision at the behest of all the bad PR it was receiving.
Since its purpose is to raise awareness about the constant threat of Islamic jihad throughout the West, Jihad Watch naturally became a target of the alt-left in the aftermath of the Charlottesville protest clash. Angry liberals and social justice warriors began rioting in the streets, chopping off historical statue heads, and demanding that all “hate groups” be shut down. In the fray was Jihad Watch, which up until last week had accepted payments from its readers via PayPal.
It was Saturday, September 19, when the George Soros-backed website ProPublica published a hit piece calling on PayPal and other new media giants to block Jihad Watch and disallow them from using their services. ProPublica’s Lauren Kirchner whined that Jihad Watch’s “designation as a hate site hasn’t stopped tech companies – including PayPal, Amazon and Newsmax – from maintaining partnerships with Jihad Watch that help to sustain it financially.”
The only thing Jihad Watch has ever done is publish the truth about Islam that the mainstream media refuses to publish. Though the media site has nothing to do with “hate,” it directly contradicts the SJW narrative that evil white supremacists are to blame for everything wrong in the world, and thus it was consequently targeted for silencing.
It was hoped that PayPal would have immediately written off ProPublica for needlessly stirring the pot. But instead, it immediately succumbed to Kirchner’s demands and pulled Jihad Watch from its platform, issuing the following draconian statement as to why the site was removed:
“Due to the nature of your activities, we have chosen to discontinue service to you in accordance with PayPal’s User Agreement. As a result, we have placed a permanent limitation on your account.”
Jihad Watch repeatedly attempted to figure out why PayPal issued this death knell against its account, but to no avail. PayPal refused to provide a response, only pasting a generic and non-negotiable notice inside the media group’s account stating the following:
“When you signed up for your PayPal account, you agreed to our User Agreement and Acceptable Use Policy. Because some of your recent transactions violated this policy, we’ve had to permanently limit your account…This limitation cannot be appealed.”
So Jihad Watch took to the public, which quickly came to its defense. The Kafkaesque nature of PayPal’s ways, it was quickly realized, are no different than those employed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the aftermath of Charlottesville, with PayPal acting as judge, jury, and executioner in this matter.
So in retaliation, supporters took to Twitter and Facebook to decry PayPal and shame the company in full public view. Many PayPal users canceled their accounts as well, which quickly got the attention of the company. Not long after, PayPal lifted the “irreversible” ban and reinstated Jihad Watch’s account.
Suddenly, Jihad Watch was no longer a hate site. And it was because people spoke up that this outcome was achieved. But that doesn’t mean that Jihad Watch plans to once again cozy up to PayPal anytime soon.
“I have no intention of restoring the PayPal buttons on Jihad Watch,” its owner stated. “I know where they stand now, and do not intend to place myself at their mercy again. But nonetheless, this is a victory. Free people still exist in the United States, and the fascists who call themselves anti-fascists will not prevail.”
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